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22 February 2017 @ 04:34 pm
To Be Read Shelf, 2017  

I’m pretty sure I’ve gone over to the dark side. I’m looking at my TBR shelf and thinking “the only way I’m going to read half of these is if I get the ebook.” My last…several…book purchases have been e-books, with the exception of one that’s on its way that wasn’t available to me in e-book (and which I have the first book in print and signed), and I’ve replaced a few with e-books at this point. And there are several more on this list that, realistically, if I’m gonna read them, it’ll be by replacing them in e-format.

I’m starting, honestly, to have the horrible feeling that my TBR shelf is more of a Never TBR Shelf. I’m finding that if I don’t read something pretty much immediately on purchase, it goes on the shelf and becomes…well, something of a burden, at this stage. And the lovely thing about the e-books is I can put together a wishlist and go buy something from it when I have a moment to read, and then bam, I’m reading it and all is copacetic. Furthermore, if there’s a sequel available, I then tend to buy them up on e-book and read them while my enthusiasm is still hot. So…yeah. I think I’ve gone to the dark side.

Last year the goal was to read all the books on the TBR shelf and anything left at the end of the year was going to the used bookstore unread, but last year sucked and I’m not holding myself to that line. I may give it another go this year, especially as I’m starting to realize an awful lot of the books on these shelves aren’t actually *mine*. I should, frankly, be able to get through the 20 or so fiction books on my physical shelf without straining myself too much this year.

The non-fiction shelf needs some active effort as well as updating. I suspect there, as well, that e-books would be read more quickly, but I’d…have to really change my habits to buy history books in e-format, so I’ll just try to work with what I’ve got right now. (Mneh. I see I could replace Ben Wilson’s DECENCY & DISORDER with an e-book, which is…extremely tempting, because a significant part of the reason I haven’t continued reading that is it’s a big fat book with small leding and margins which makes it physically difficult to read. And that’s not just because my eyes are getting older, as I’ve had the book for several years now and it’s only in the past year my focus point has changed! It’s just not a well designed book….)

I need to make a graphic novels list, too, just to remind myself there’s stuff I haven’t yet read.


Fiction TBR:
Berg, Carol: DUST & LIGHT, ASH & SILVER
Brin, David: EXISTENCE (e)
Caine, Rachel: FADE OUT (e)
Delaney, Joseph: THE SPOOK’S DESTINY
Friedman, Celia: LEGACY OF KINGS (gotta replace w/e)
Hambly, Barbara: RAN AWAY, GOOD MAN FRIDAY, CRIMSON TIDE
Harkaway, Nick: ANGELMAKER
Kay, Guy Gavriel: RIVER OF STARS
Kristoff, Jay: SHADOWDANCER
Murphy, C.E.: HEART OF STONE, HOUSE OF CARDS, HANDS OF FLAME (e)
Richardson, Kat: POLTERGEIST (e)
Robinson, Kim Stanley: AURORA (possibly replace w/e)
Sagara, Michelle: CAST IN HONOR, CAST IN FLIGHT
Schwab, V.E.: A CONJURING OF LIGHT (e)
Shevdon, Mike: STRANGENESS & CHARM + a couple others i think
Sperring, Kari: THE GRASS KING’S CONCUBINE
Tchaikovsky, Adrian: EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD, THE BEAR & THE SERPENT (e)
Tregellis, Ian: BITTER SEEDS
Watt-Evans, Lawrence: ABOVE HIS PROPER STATION

Non-Fiction:
Adkins, Roy & Lesley: THE WAR FOR ALL THE OCEANS
Clements, Jonathan: A BRIEF HISTORY OF KHUBILAI KHAN
Emmerson, Charles: THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE ARCTIC
Farmelo, Graham: THE STRANGEST MAN
Foulkes, Nick: DANCING INTO BATTLE
Garfield, Simon: JUST MY TYPE
Goldstone, Nancy: JOANNA
Harvey, Robert: WAR OF WARS
Hickman, Katie: COURTESANS
Isaacson, Rupert: THE HORSE BOY
Leon, Vicki: 4000 YEARS OF UPPITY WOMEN
Maffeo, Steven E.: MOST SECRET & CONFIDENTIAL
Nicholson, Adam: MEN OF HONOUR
Porath, Jason: REJECTED PRINCESSES
Weatherford, Jack: SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONGOL QUEENS
Weir, Alison: ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
Wilson, Ben: DECENCY & DISORDER
Vanhoenacker, Mark: SKYFARING

Graphic Novels:
HELLBOY, Library Editions 5 & 6
LAZARUS, v2
EAST AND WEST, v1

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
rasmusbrasmusb on February 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend catching up on the 'Cast' books -- they are SO good!

This series by Michelle are on my list to ebook immediately (no local bookstore) & dead tree when I'm in the city -- just in case of electric apocalypse. :)
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2017 08:39 am (UTC)
yeah, we were a little befuddled that we'd missed two. otoh, well, as i may have mentioned, the past couple years have been really shitty, so. the Elantra books are one of the few serieseses I still buy in paperback immediately, although I'm considering an ebook purchase for rereading purposes...:)
Marissa Lingenmrissa on February 22nd, 2017 06:50 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great how people's brains work differently? For me the problem is exactly the opposite: I have a bunch of really interesting ebooks, but they are out of sight, out of mind for me unless I'm traveling or unless I start them right away. When I go to pick out a book, I go look at the physical piles on my desk (nonfiction, novels, short fiction, and borrowed books), and I pick one of those, and that's that. I pretty much never look at my poor Kindle. When I'm running low on physical books, I think, ack, should put in another library request! rather than oh, should see what's on the Kindle.

I have thought about doing some kind of Kindle reading challenge or goal, but there are enough things in my life that are obligatory without making my reading time into one of them. Which is not to say that other people are wrong to make that choice, just that it's the wrong one for me.
kitmizkit on February 22nd, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC)
It's been a *very* slow transition to the e-reader being more appealing. I've had an e-reader for about six years and most of the first four years, save for when I was on vacation, were exactly as you describe. It's only been in the past two years (after having to pack, move and unpack fifty boxes of books for the EIGHTH TIME IN TEN FRIGGING YEARS), and especially the past year since downloading books has finally gotten as easy as it's supposed to be with the Kobo, that the e-reader has begun to take priority.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 22nd, 2017 07:11 pm (UTC)
I have read the Carol Berg books and they are amazing, as always. I'd start there :-)

And yes, I finally caved and got a Kindle a couple of years ago because of eye issues. I read paper books with breakfast in the morning, but by night, the Kindle's ability to make print bigger is a life-saver. And I've bought books I really wanted to read in paperback, only to have them arrive with print so small, I had to get them on the Kindle too. Sigh.

BTW, I think there is a book or two missing off that TBR list. Just saying!
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2017 08:40 am (UTC)
I've been awiting to get the 2nd Berg book, because Iknew I'd want to read it IMMEDIATELY, so the first has been on my shelf for ages. And I didn't buy much of anything last year because, as mentioned: shit.

THere are SO MANY books I don't have on my list. :p even if I just stuck to the ones written by people I knew...
martianmooncrab: pic#59898509martianmooncrab on February 22nd, 2017 09:43 pm (UTC)
the problem with reading someones TBR list is finding new stuff for oneself... I now have Simon Garfield on my list... grin.
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2017 08:41 am (UTC)
I've started it several times and I keep having to stop because I keep having intense typography dreams. O.O
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on February 24th, 2017 11:08 am (UTC)
I worked with teletype and teleprinter so I have the audible portion of those dreams..
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on February 22nd, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
*fistbump*

Right there with you, sister.

I was a holdout on the eReader trend for a long, long time. I didn't want the original eInk because I didn't want to be bound to only reading in strong lighting; I didn't want something like an iPad reader because of the accompanying eyestrain. Also, I just like the tactile feel of holding a book. Of having a library just like all those historical shows.

Ever since Amazon introduced the Kindle Paperwhite, I've been all in, though. Although I haven't moved as frequently as you have (nor have as big a physical library), I can still recall what a PITA it was the last time I moved. I used to be a huge re-reader--I'm not as much anymore (too many books, too little time!). I love the convenience of my Kindle; I can stick it in my purse and have access to dozens of books all at the same time, so if I'm not in the mood for the current book I'm reading, I have other options, right there. Or, as you mentioned, the instant gratification (perhaps) of getting the next book in a series I enjoy, or maybe another book by the same author.

I still have a TBR shelf, one I recently cleaned up and collapsed as I did a serious cull of my physical books down to the ones I really wanted to keep. I've been, loosely, alternating one physical book with one eBook for the last few months, getting rid of the physical book once I'm done, and that system seems to be helping, albeit slowly.
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2017 08:46 am (UTC)
*fistbump*!

I love my Nook eInk reader with its backlight for when necessary. Kindle's got a better selection of books, but that's apparently where I drew my Amazon Line. :)

But yeah, all those reasons you mentioned. I also remember thiking "but i don't know if Indy will recognize i'm READING if it's an e-reader!" but he was only about two and a half, possibly three, when he saw some other woman with an e-reader and said to me, "Mommy! What book is that lady reading?" so I was like 'oh okay so that's fine then' :)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on February 23rd, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
The Paperwhite has sidelighting and I looooooove it (backlighting is what's connected to eyestrain).

Plus, ngl, I enjoy having dictionary and Wikipedia lookups available if I'm on WiFi. Especially given the number of historical novels I read.
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
hrm. maybe my kobo doesn't actually have backlight, then. i've been noticing, anyway, that it doesn't seem to add any kind of eye strain. ah, it's got kobo's "comfortlight" thingy. anyway, it seems to be not bad for my eyes :) (dang it, now i've looked up their newest e-readers and of course i want one on general principle. humans are stupid.)
Alix (Tersa): Castle - Bromance doughnuttersa on February 24th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
And I'm the worst enabler.

You're welcome. :D
kitmizkit on February 24th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
worst, best...is grey area. :)

(maybe i'll upgrade for my birthday! :))
rasmusbrasmusb on February 27th, 2017 09:49 pm (UTC)
Well if it's your thing the newer Kobo readers are water resistant if you want to read in the tub. Oo

I never wanted to risk a paper book that way -- buy hey -- I don't the reader has the volts to electrocute me should the worst happen. :p